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Board GameLast Defense Game Review
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Posted: 6 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Last Defense is a game about saving a city from alien invasion in just twenty minutes. You play by rolling dice and moving to stop the invading monsters, free Scientists from rubble and discover Tools. It's a simple combination of cooperative strategy brought to life by the game's real-time audio news bulletins that announce where threats are attacking.

To defend the city you work together to build a stock of Tools and Scientists to defeat the four Monsters that randomly appear in the different locations. The game is managed with an app so you're on the clock and need to be quick to roll (and re-roll if you want) so you can move and use the right Tool cards to uncover Scientists from the rubble.

The app keeps track of your progress and the ever depleting twenty minutes of play time. Being quick and well coordinated as a team results in being better prepared for when the app signals the next monster appears. To deal with monsters you use specific Scientist tokens that you have (hopefully) already uncovered. Part of the trick is exchanging Tools with other players to ensure the best character has what they need to free the Scientists and then get them back to the Plaza zone to defeat the Monster.

The result is a fun and tense cooperative game where you need to be efficient and collaborative. The app soundtrack and commentary are different each time you play, which adds excitement and unexpected scenarios.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Price: 20% off

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 2-6

Genres: Collecting, Communication, Race, Strategy and Traversal

Accessibility: 29 features

Pieces: Board, Cards, Dice, Figures and Tokens

Developer: Funko Games (@FunkoGames)

 

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DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. There aren't a lot of rules to learn but the following are important to grasp before playing:
  • Try out the app to see how it manages your time and interrupts play with events.
  • Test out how re-rolling dice is useful but also eats time.
  • Check out how different characters can access zones without needing the usual Flare tool.
  • Talk through the importance of trading tools so the right player has what they need to free Scientists.

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room. It is possible to play the game solo, although best with 4 players.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although older players can play with more strategy, even very young children can enjoy the monster invasion and work with others on the team to defeat them. They do need to be able to cope with the ticking timer adding more pressure.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 7+ years-olds.

The game includes cards with pictures of spiders, giant tentacles and space aliens. Characters are depicted wielding makeshift weapons like spades and pliers. Throughout, these are cartoony and comedic.

CostsCosts

Last Defense Game usually costs £20. 

Last Defense Game

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Last Defense Game Accessibility Report documents 29 accessibility features:
You can select a basic or advanced difficulty in the app when you start the game. This adjusts how quickly the monsters appear. The app enables you to track your progress. It offers a Progress Report for the Scientists that are trapped and Monsters to defeat.

Your player card displays the steps of playing the game, along with an electronic manual and video in the game's related app. The app provides audio that drives the game, but doesn't have subtitles.

Text is generally of good size and contrast. However, the School location lacks contrast with dark green on lighter green. This is also true on some of the character cards, although here the instructional text is always white on dark pink and of good contrast.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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